Wednesday, January 11, 2006

goose is peeved

The Baseball Writers of America have picked reliever Bruce Sutter for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In doing so, they bypassed reliever Goose Gossage. You can make a case for Sutter -- but a case for Gossage would be even stronger.

And Goose is peeved. Not at Sutter, but at the bizarre way a player can get more and fewer votes from year to year.

Can't blame him -- it must be frustrating. As Dave Sheinin pointed out in the Post today, Sutter did nothing over the past twelve months, and was somehow deemed Hall-worthy this year, on his thirteenth chance. And guys like Gossage and Jim Rice now have to face people like Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, and Mark McGwire coming onto the ballot. Somehow, that will make them less Hall-worthy? Probably. 'Tis an odd system.